Allen Ginsberg and Ann Charters class discussing and reading from Russian Futurists. Topics include Sergei Esenin's book Confessions of a Hooligan, Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "A Cloud in trousers," Mayakovsky's biography and prison story, rebellion's relationship to Punk, utopian heroic Communism, linguistic exploration, and Lenin and Trotsky on Russia's $150 million loan.
February 3, 2005 Subject:
Mayakovsky's punk poems
Readings of Mayakovsky are wonderful. This is an excellent and enjoyable intro to his life and work.
0: begins "I always see the underside..." Duncan? Whitman?
2:00: Russian Futurists & Whitman connection= nationalist questions
5:20-10:26: Mayakovsky recording
15: Charters' bio of Mayakovsky and history of futurists
28:40: AG reads from M's & Gorky's journals
29:20: Section 1: Cloud in Pants
31:00: Putdown of your Love
33: Frank O'Hara and M's influence
34:50: Section 2: Cloud in Pants
39:24: Ann reads "youth have a lot of cramming to do"
40:50: Section 3: Cloud in Pants
43:40: Section 4: Cloud in Pants
45:50: Unfinished prologue to the second part of a long poem on the 5 year plan (reads two translations)
1:01:15: Opening(?) a Man
1:04:30: Ann reads The Ages of Mayakovsky
1:26: Poem for 150 Million
1:33: Ann reads Lenin's letter to Lunacharcksky re: Poem for 150 Mill
Class cuts off.